Jenny Packham is a British fashion designer known primarily for her bridal gowns and ready-to-wear collections. She is the sister of the naturalist Chris Packham.
Jenny Packham was born in Southampton, Hampshire in 1965.
She is a graduate from the prestigious Central St Martins College of Art. British designer Jenny Packham's early training as a textile designer became an important influence on her later eveningwear. Her first collection of 12 short evening gowns was created entirely in black and white silk, with a bold print of musical instruments. The short evening dress continued to be the principal style in her collections, although full-length dresses were introduced in 1992. She also began designing wedding gowns in the 1990s.
Packham’s regular design presence on the red carpets of Los Angeles at events from the Academy Awards to the Grammy’s, infuses the Hollywood crowd with the luxurious glamour they adore.
Her designs are regularly selected for stylistically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film and television productions from Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada to James Bond Casino Royale/Die Another Day and most recently on Emma Watson’s character in Harry Potter.
With her flagship stores situated in London’s Mayfair, London’s Belgravia and Paris, Packham’s retail portfolio is expanding with plans for the US.
Her presence in some of the world’s premier and most discerning stores from Harrods to Bergdorf Goodman reinforces her international appeal and demand. She has fast become one of the UK’s most regarded designers with not only creative talent, but commercial success.
In September 2010 her spring 2011 collection was modeled during Fashion Week in New York to critical acclaim.
Jenny Packham worked closely with Academy Award nominated Patricia Field, regularly dressing Kim Catrall in Sex and the City series and the movie. Packham also worked with Patricia Field, when Field styled her A/W 2007 collection in Milan.
In February 2011 her 2011 autumn collection show was said to be a simultaneously awe-inducing and intimidating experience, and a refreshing contrast that lightened up the mood for Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week.
Packham has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University in recognition of her contribution to the industry.
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